3 Great TV Writers for Students in Television Schools to Watch

Posted on August 26th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

If you're looking at enrolling in television schools, these three accomplished television writers can teach you some valuable lessons about writing well

Writers are in many ways the lifeblood of the small screen; the process of creating a television show begins with them. If you want to become a writer, or really if you want a career in television or film at all, knowing how great writers craft timeless stories can provide you with useful insights to use in your own work.

To be great you need to study the greats, and these writers are among the top in the industry. From crime thrillers to dramas to comedy, these writers create some of the best stories in their genre.
Read on to discover three great television writers that make magic with their pen.

1. Students Taking Courses in Television Can Learn from Nic Pizzolatto When Creating Dialogue

The hit show True Detective has become wildly successful for many reasons, and one of them is its honest dialogue. Students in television school should take a peek at True Detective for the stunning visuals, but they should also really listen to the richness of the dialogue between the two main characters; Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto focuses on character development, and recently explained to Vanity Fair that when he writes, he descends into the character he is writing, much like ‘method actors’ try to become their character. If you’re interested in script writing for television and you want to experience how dialogue can carry a show, Nic Pizzolatto can provide you with some inspiration.

Check out some of Nic Pizzolatto’s compelling dialogue below, performed by Matthew McConaughey as he plays the character of Rust Cohle:

2. David Lynch Is a Master to Watch for Students Taking Courses in Television

The creator of Twin Peaks, David Lynch, is a man that has a few Hollywood accolades under his belt, including writing the starry drama Mulholland Drive, which began as a made-for-TV film. Lynch went on to release the television series Twin Peaks, which first emerged to critical acclaim in 1990. The television thriller is now slated to be resurrected for a third season which will be released in 2017. The show is notoriously enigmatic, posing more questions than audiences are given answers. At television schools like Trebas, you’ll get the opportunity to create a final project, so keep in mind that your work doesn’t necessarily need to be linear, and can leave more doors open than closed upon conclusion.

3. Students in Television Schools Might know Bob Odenkirk Is a Comedy Writing Master

If you haven’t seen the famous Saturday Night Live skit about a motivational speaker named Matt Foley, played by Chris Farley, you should go check it out. Odenkirk wrote that sketch, which Rolling Stone magazine named the best SNL sketch of all time. Odenkirk also went on to write for the Conan O’Brien Show.

If you’d like to try your hand at writing a comedy after your film studies, Odenkirk has some advice for comedy writers; run with silly ideas. Highbrow humour has its place, but often it’s the stupid, silly ideas that bring the most laughs. Odenkirk once wrote a sketch about Abraham Lincoln being alive still and roaming the forest like a Sasquatch. Ridiculous? Yes. Guess what? It’s also drop dead hilarious.

Whether you’re writing crime, drama, or comedy, the above mentioned writers can offer some inspiration.

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Want to Become an Event Planner? Discover how the Olympics Are Planned!

Posted on August 19th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

You must have strong organization skills in order to become an event planner

You must have strong organization skills in order to become an event planner

Imagine having to plan the biggest event in the world: the Olympics. Since 1896, when the first Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, they have consistently been the most elaborate, intense celebrations of athletic achievement, cultural pride, and patriotism on the planet.

From the date a host city is officially selected to the day those Olympics begin, there is usually an average of seven years in between for planning the event, working out its logistics, and ensuring it runs smoothly. Seven years are needed to work out how to redesign an entire city—its transport and warehouse logistics, supply chain operations, as well as the unprecedented increase in demand that many businesses will have to be prepared to handle.

If you’re interested in event planning, read on to find out three things that go into planning the biggest event in the world.

1. Anyone who Went to Event Planning School Knows the Importance of Managing Time

Without time management skills, the chances of an event falling apart before it even begins are high. This is especially true for the Olympics, which take seven years to plan; seven years to basically reshape the flow and look of a city so that it represents its country in the best possible light.

One of the benefits of having so much time to work with is that it allows event planners to indulge their creativity and look for unorthodox ways to fulfill their vision. An example of this would be the 2012 London Summer Olympics, where event planners got James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) to fly Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the Opening Ceremony, before they both parachuted into Olympic Stadium. Coming up with and having the time to execute such a creative vision is a big reason why students choose to become an event planner.

Event planning school teaches you how to harness your creativity in a productive way

Event planning school teaches you how to harness your creativity in a productive way

2. Students in Event Planner Courses Know Planning the Olympics Includes Logistics

Logistically, event planning can be a nightmare without the proper training. From warehouse to transport to supply chain logistics, event planners need to juggle demands from different organizations. However, learning to manage all of these high-pressure demands is something that you learn in event planning school and that you witness in action during your training.

Event planning for the Olympics involves similar prioritization, but on a much bigger scale. For example, event planners for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics are working with the Brazilian Government to create a third metro line directly into some Olympic venues, while also developing a Bus Rapid Transit system to move spectators around easily; all this to solve transport logistics and help the city avoid traffic congestion during the event.

3. Event Planners Use Multidisciplinary Skills to Ensure Olympic Venues Stay Active

One of the best things about event planning is that it incorporates a variety of fields, from managerial skills to public speaking and then some. Not only does this allow you to develop many different skills, it also allows you to become a ‘jack of all trades.’

Event planners try to find creative, affordable ways to maximize the benefits of their events. An example of this is the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, where apartment buildings that were built for athletes and their entourage will be converted into condos following the conclusion of the Games. Such a shift forces event planners to research and understand multiple fields, from architecture to public safety to zoning requirements.

Event planning requires creativity, time management and problem solving skills, as well as familiarity with many different fields. For a busy, passionate, rewarding career, you can’t do much better!

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2 Tips for Writing Exciting Non-Linear Movie Scripts in Film School

Posted on August 12th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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One of the first uses of non-linear story telling in cinema was in D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, which uses four separate parallel stories, each separated by centuries. Although the film didn’t achieve great commercial success, the film heavily impacted the movie industry by showing movie makers that stories do not always need to be told chronologically. The non-linear movie script doesn’t have a beginning, middle, and end. Rather, it tells a story by rearranging events and trying to allow the structure of the film to better represent the psychological condition of the characters. For instance, many non-linear movie scripts will give audience members a peek into a character’s mind with the use of a ‘flash back’ moment.

Continue reading to discover two tips for writing non-linear movie scripts in film school.

1. Students in Film School Should Take some Advice from Tarantino; Focus on the Page

It could be said that Quentin Tarantino is a contemporary master of non-linear movie scripts. His films distort time and audience perceptions. From his directorial debut film Reservoir Dogs to the wildly popular Pulp Fiction, Tarantino makes chronological enigmas beautiful. His timelines make your brain tick, and gives audiences insight into characters’ histories to develop them more thoroughly. So, how does he do it? In an interview from The Hollywood Reporter, he provides some great advice for students in film editing school. Tarantino explains that he doesn’t think about the entirety of the movie while writing. He merely makes each page of script a work of art in and of itself. He wants each page of the script to be able to stand alone, and then worries about ‘climbing the mountain,’ as he says, or making the puzzle fit later on.

2. Students in Film Editing School Can Use Time Indicators to Link Stories Together

Director Jim Jarmusch explains that in art, “There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers. It’s an open form.”

Not only does he preach this mantra, he follows it as well. Jim Jarmush’s film Mystery Train is written in a non-linear fashion. Three stories are told separately, at different times in the movie, but there are indicators that the stories are actually taking place simultaneously. The use of ‘time indicators,’ which are elements of the movie that show the stories are taking place at the same time, help to connect several different stories together. In Mystery Train, Jarmusch uses a gunshot, a passing train, and a radio announcement to help audiences recognize that the stories are happening simultaneously, even if they are being told in fragments.

When you graduate from your film courses and begin writing scripts that are fragmented and non-linear, try to incorporate ‘time indicators’ to let the audience know about the timing of certain scenes. This tactic is also done in Charlie Kaufmans’s non-linear film Synecdoche, New York, which uses time indicators by subtly showing shots of calendars and clocks to remind the audience of the time.

Whether it’s using time indicators or making each page be able to stand alone as a piece of art, writing a non-linear script is both an intense and rewarding process for film students.

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Considering Recording School? Learn About the Expert Instructors You’ll Meet at Trebas

Posted on August 5th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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Great teachers and insightful mentors can, and have, changed many lives. By sharing their experiences working in the industry, and teaching students the hands-on skills they need, the instructors at Trebas help each and every student graduate ready to launch their careers. These experienced and caring instructors have won awards, toured the world, and spent years working in Canada’s thriving music industry. They teach everything from audio in film and television to songwriting to modern production mixing and mastering and beyond. So whether you want to be the next great DJ, or become an audio engineer, Trebas’ many experienced instructors can help you achieve your goals. Many of them will even be able to give you advice based on their own experiences and careers in the industry.

Read on to discover the stories behind just two of the instructors you might meet at Trebas.

Murray Foster Is The Perfect Instructor For A Recording Course

There aren’t many people in Toronto who are more well-suited to be a Trebas instructor than Murray Foster. Foster has a music industry resume as long as Beethoven’s 9th symphony. He is the bass player for the Newfoundland band Great Big Sea, and was also a member of the Toronto satirical band Moxy Fruvous. The Great Big Sea have been nominated for many Juno awards and have become Canadian legends.

Foster has also produced shows for CBC radio and has recently used his skills for philanthropic reasons. In January 2012, Foster wrote and recorded thirty songs for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s DARE fundraiser. He really is proof that the skills you can acquire in recording school can go well beyond the recording studio, as the multi-talented man is set to direct a feature-length film called The Cocksure Lads which he wrote himself in addition to the entirety of the soundtrack for the film. With all his amazing experience in the field, Foster is the perfect instructor to give you real-world advice and let the best version of you shine through in your music. Foster currently teaches songwriting at Trebas. Check out the video below to see Murray Foster in action!

DJ Grouch Is A Toronto Hip-Hop Legend With A Lot To Teach In A Recording Course

Hip-hop is huge in Toronto. Since the dawn of the Toronto hip-hop scene, which saw the rise of hip-hop greats Kardinal Officiall and Saukrates, Toronto has been a hub for many top artists. DJ Grouch has worked with both of these artists, as well as a host of others. He has played at almost every venue in Toronto and has toured across Canada, the United States, and even Europe. DJ Grouch has recently focused on his production skills and released material under the name Pherenziks. At Trebas, students are lucky to learn from him when they take a recording course; he currently teaches audio engineering.

Hear DJ Grouch in action in the video below:

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